The Socratic Problem Of Socrates

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Socrates was born in 469 B.C.E., in Athens, Greece. He was a loyal citizen of Athens who also served as a soldier as required for Athens males. His philosophy, or as it was called, his Socratic Method, laid the stones for what became to be known as Western philosophy. However, Socrates remains one of the most powerful, yet misunderstood and enigmatic figures of philosophy. What is known about Socrates comes from writings of other philosophers, such as his follower Plato, and Plato’s student, Aristotle. The Socratic problem is a rat 's nest of complexities arising from the fact that various people wrote about Socrates whose accounts differ in crucial respects, leaving us to wonder which, if any, are accurate representations of the historical Socrates (Nails n. pag.). In fact, Socrates wrote nothing. His life was fully dedicated to teaching and philosophizing. However, he never claimed payment for his teaching, and he preferred to walk barefoot and dress with a worn out robe, rather than idolizing materialistic aspects of life. For instance, he criticized those who based their earthly lives on physical appearance, success, money, and materialism, claiming that the key to wisdom was the understanding of the soul. Socrates’ life was a simple one. For example, his philosophy of life perfectly matched how he lived. In other words, he was what he preached. He was an inspiration for many philosophers of the time, and he is still able to stir up ideas and curiosity in today’s
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